This week has been quite a busy one with school and my husband being in California for work! One of my obligations this week was a meeting with one of my professors last semester to discuss the project that I completed for the course, History of Communication Theory. While early February is a quite a long ways past when I submitted the project at the beginning of December, I still felt it was important to hear what he had to say about my research and the topic’s potential.
Overall, the meeting was highly encouraging. Not because the project was so amazing that it’s ready for publication, but that he felt the topic had really great potential to become my dissertation topic (!!). I was already planning on submitting the paper to NCA to present this fall, and his enthusiasm for the topic gave me some new energy to pursue it further in a course this semester. The topic is still huge and essentially untouched in the field of rhetoric and communication, so it will take some time for me to work through some ideas to figure out how I can approach it for my dissertation. The great news is that I still have a lot of time to explore the topic (another year’s worth of classes) and I can be well on my way to designing my three concentration areas and reading lists with this topic in mind.
So, despite the somewhat discouraging nature of academia right now, I’m running on a high of having a general topic to pursue for the next 3-10 years and helping my prospects of finishing on time because I’ve got a topic figured out. Now to determine what my concentration areas will be, based on how I want to frame my research, and form a committee of faculty that can work with me on the project. Next step: a talk with my unofficial advisor to get the ball rolling. And I’ve already got that on the agenda for next week!
P.S. I love that I can tag this post “PhD” and “happy.” How often does that happen?!